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Coming Home

One of the more moving experiences in serving in a church is witnessing people being transformed. Sometimes people will walk into the building and stay for their first service in years (or ever) and find themselves weeping. When we talk about it, they often say “It’s strange but I just feel like I have come home.” There is something immense about God’s embrace that we can find ourselves suddenly held in a healing and fully accepting love, and we weep with joy for how that healing feels and the possibilities it holds.

That feeling doesn’t just extend to buildings of course. When I was traveling in Jorden, I awoke to the call to prayer winding its way from the minaret into my open window and had that feeling of coming home. Given my English and Celtic roots, it may not be obvious why I’d feel at home in Jordan, particularly since I wasn’t yet part of the Christian faith, yet it was a beautiful testament to see how God calls in many places and forms. God is not contained by our experiences, beliefs or thoughts, and so we are in for a life of growth, challenge, and delight if we decide to come home to God!

 In the lifecycle of the church, there have been times where spirituality has been more inward, such as monasteries, covenants and retreats, and times where it has been more outward, such as social justice, pilgrimage, and social services. There is always the dance between doing and being, and becoming and receiving. With God as your “home”, the Fall might be about exploring this dance yourself: how might your connection to God deepen through quiet practices, and how might you make your faith alive and real in your community through action? Perhaps we will be like the winding song of God, bringing us to silence yet moving through the world, calling us home.

 

Rhian Walker

Rhian Walker is the Minister of Young Adults and Outreach and brings a love for nurturing the spiritual development of those around her. She is passionate about new expressions of church and believes in the power of spiritual practice and community to transform the suffering in our communities and our world. She has a Masters of Public and Pastoral Leadership from the Vancouver School of Theology, an MA in Philosophy, Religion and Literature from Sussex University and a BA in Philosophy and Creative Writing from UVic. The concept of the open table is at the heart of what she feels is transformative about the United Church along with its commitment to true inclusion. She previously served at the lead minister at the Heartwood Community Café, an LGBTQ social enterprise run by Trinity United, Minister of Outreach and Formation at Lynn Valley United in North Vancouver, and as the Conference Minister for LeaderShift, a professional development program that focuses on the inner and outer skills for leading in the United Church. She is an amateur singer and poet, an average gardener, and is truly, shockingly bad at camping despite growing up on the West Coast. She is married to Brandon Walker and has two young children.

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